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Public Service Recognition Week: May 3-9, 2020

CalPERS Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week

Whether it’s for the fulfilling work experience or the inspiration of helping others, the reasons why people choose a career in public service are as diverse as the individuals who do the work.

No matter the reason, their impact centers on one common theme: community. Having a positive impact on people’s lives in their communities fuels the work ethic of many public servants. And they do so with little fanfare or recognition.

During Public Service Recognition Week, it’s time to shine the spotlight on those individuals who serve as federal, state, county, or local government employees. This is the third post in our series for Public Service Recognition Week.

Sherri Stanton, City of Wildomar

“I get to make a difference, and I get to make a difference every day I walk in. But we need to understand is that we are serving people, we are serving others, so we need to be our best to provide the best.”

“I just felt public for me, it’s more gratifying because I get to see my work come into play. That’s what it’s about. That’s what it’s really about.”

Monica Turner Edwards, City of Compton

“I like giving back, I really do. And working for a public agency gives me that opportunity. And I find it makes me a better person.”

“I will never regret going into public service. I have worked in the private sector, but this is much more rewarding. It is something that I’ll never, ever forget.”

Ryan Fernandes, County of Marin

“Being able to serve those where I live, and I’m working around, is pretty amazing.”


CalPERS is proud to feature the people who serve the state of California in this special series, We Serve CA. If you have a great story to tell about what public service means to you and how you serve the state of California, please share it with us on our Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #WeServeCA on Twitter. Wed love to hear from you!